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American Scientist’s readers, writers, and editors share the science books that struck their fancy in 2015—summed up in just six words!
What happens in this virtual world—the Dark Net—and why?
An inveterate explorer with an insatiable curiosity about the natural world, Humboldt observed flora, fauna, climatic variation, and geology in close detail from continent to continent and described his findings in some of the bestselling volumes of his age.
A brief review of Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science, by Daniel P. Todes
A brief review of Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe, by Lisa Randall
A review essay on Thank You, Madagascar: The Conservation Diaries of Alison Jolly, by Alison Jolly
A brief review of Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words, by Randall Munroe
A brief review of The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, by J. Kenji López-Alt
A brief review of Scientists at War: The Ethics of Cold War Weapons Research, by Sarah Bridger
A brief review of Dragonflies: Magnificent Creatures of Water, Air, and Land, by Pieter van Dokkum
A brief review of Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind, by David J. Linden
A brief review of Creating Symmetry: The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns, by Frank A. Farris
A brief excerpt of Longing for the Bomb: Oak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia, by Lindsey A. Freeman
A brief review of Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail, by Dave Arnold
A brief review of The House of Owls, by Tony Angell
A brief review of On Immunity: An Inoculation, by Eula Biss
Brief reviews of Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time, by Michael Benson, and Infinite Worlds: The People and Places of Space Exploration, by Michael Soluri
A brief review of Cool: How Air Conditioning Changed Everything, by Salvatore Basile
A brief review of Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley, 1985–2000, by Doug Menuez
A brief review of Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth: Weather, Climate Change, and Finding Deep Powder in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains and Around the World, by Jim Steenburgh
A brief review of Talent for Friendship: Rediscovery of a Remarkable Trait, by John Edward Terrell
A brief review of Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues, by Martin J. Blaser
A brief review of Molecules: The Elements and Architecture of Everything, by Theodore Gray, with photographs by Nick Mann
A brief review of The Oldest Living Things in the World, by Rachel Sussman
A brief review of Umami: Unlocking the Secrets of the Fifth Taste, by Ole G. Mouritsen and Klavs Styrbaek
A brief review of Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead, by David Casarett
A brief review of How Snakes Work: Structure, Function and Behavior of the World’s Snakes, by Harvey B. Lillywhite
A brief review of Marketing the Moon: The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program, by David Meerman Scott and Richard Jurek
A brief review of A History of the Garden in Fifty Tools, by Bill Laws
A review of The Science of Cheese, by Michael H. Tunick
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